Aug 18 AT 8:56 PM Nick Gray 60 Comments

HTC Sensation 4G and HTC EVO 3D getting Android 2.3.4 OTA update now


If you own the HTC Sensation 4G or the HTC EVO 3D, keep an eye out for a new software update for your device. T-Mobile and Sprint have started pushing out the latest Android 2.3.4 build for the two devices along with a few handset specific fixes and enhancements.  T-Mobile plans to complete the OTA rollout for Android 2.3.4 for the Sensation 4G by late September, but Sprint’s support page make no mention of when all EVO 3D owners will receive the update by.

HTC Sensation 4G Android 2.3.4 Fixes and Enhancements

  • Software stability
  • Improved battery life
  • Improvements to Trace dictionary
  • Improvements to screen responsiveness
  • Improvements to video playbook
  • Improvements regarding device reboots
  • Improvements to icon pixelation
  • Improvements to Wi-Fi connection
  • Improvements to screen/photo resolution

HTC EVO 3D Android 2.3.4 Fixes and Enhancements

  • Making additional preloaded apps un-installable by user.
  • Updates to applications: Spiderman, Watch, Qik
  • Device Lockscreen stuck in “half-state”
  • Ability to transfer all contacts over Bluetooth
  • Birthday one day off between contacts and Facebook when synced
  • Random GPS coordinates issue — stuck in Taiwan
  • Lockscreen displays 3-digit temperature correctly
  • Spiderman demo lockup

As far as we know, there’s no way you can force the update on your phone, but if you want to make sure you didn’t accidentally dismiss the update notification, you can check by using the steps below.

  1. From the Home screen, press the Menu key.
  2. Touch About phone.
  3. Touch HTC software updates.
  4. Touch Check.

Have any of you received the Android 2.3.4 OTA update on your HTC Sensation 4G or HTC EVO 3D yet? Let us know how the update process goes and if you notice any significant performance improvements on your phone.  Happy updating!

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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    Nothing on My Sensation yet… I was hoping it would have some bloatware removal options like the Evo3d… But Looking forward to the improvements. Good job getting an update released this quick


      this is fragmentation, embrace the fragmentation

      • Tangent

        I’ve gotta know: Are you a bot or just an especially boring and unimaginative troll?

    • kwn

      I got the update notice this.morning. I did the update and my sensationis great. The volume is greatly improved which is a blessing. Everything working better, and no problems to report.

  • Chris

    Wait…I thought Sprint’s new policy was to LET us uninstall bloatware from our phones….what’s with this update making MORE apps uninstallable? is that a typo?

    • Chris

      wait…never mind…I had to reread it like 10 times to understand….it makes more apps able to be uninstalled…. not “it makes them un-uninstallable”

      I don’t know why I keep reading it wrong…it’s worded strangely…or I could just be tired…anyway it’s good news…

      • Angie Strickland

        I edited this and got tripped up as well, but since that’s what it said word for word on the Sprint site, I just left it, thinking I was a weirdo. Glad I wasn’t the only one, haha.

  • wwJOSHdo

    The update locks the EVO 3D but you can go to XDA and download it without the hboot update (that people have reported, on xda, to lock your phone) and have 2.3.4 and STILL have S-off/root. I am editing my video now! YouTube/wwjoshdew

    • Dags

      On the Sensation (EU version) at least, the new hboot says ‘locked’ but if you were S-OFF before, you’re still S-OFF, ie. can still install CWM, custom ROMs, etc.

  • Marcus

    Sensation: improvements, bugfixes.

    Evo: bloatware, updates to APPLICATIONS.


  • old11greg11

    I have not seen it on my sensation yet but i am looking forward to the device reboot improvements. Mine reboots on its own about once a week. Nothing major but still annoying.

  • Bill Nye

    Meanwhile, the G2x will be stuck on pseudo-Gingerbread 2.3.3 with a Froyo kernel for the rest of its life. HTC is a great company and I should have stuck with their Android products.

    • agentdiscount

      Please explain the concept of Gingerbread with Froyo kernel on G2x. How is that even possible? I don’t frequent XDA so it’s entirely possible I’m just unaware of this.

    • Jr.

      yeah man, i had purchased the g2x and kept it for about a week and had to bring it back becaused i was used to gingerbread on my nexus one. even tho the n1 is a google product and updated by google lol my point is lg is very slow with updates..

  • Matt

    I got the update on my EVO 3D by forcing a system update in the settings. Seems faster and love that you can do screen shots without rooting.

  • Snowbdr89

    I wonder if richard is treating his lil weiner like an amusement park…

    • Richard Yarrell

      BARF BAG….

      • squiddy20

        Bwahahahahaha! Such a mature a grown up response to an insult there Dick! Try using a retort a 45+ year old man like yourself would use instead of stooping down to the level of a 1st grader. And you call yourself “knowledgeable”. How extremely sad…

  • The X File

    Love the Swype update on the 3D. I haven’t had it since upgrading from my rooted 4G. How do you take screenshots? I’m new to that.

    • matt

      Hold down the power button and hit the home button … Doing that all pretty quick.

      • The X File

        Well played sir, thank you.

      • Tangent

        Cool! I had no idea that this update made that function finally available.

  • Sean the Electrofreak

    (Referring to the title image)

    Coming Soon: a patch to fix time and date discrepancies between HTC phones!

  • solidsnake3467

    what about EVO 3D HSPA+/GSM for ROGERS in Canada?

    • Nick Gray

      Nothing yet. My guess is that we’ll see the GSM EVO 3D update within the next 2 or 3 weeks

  • Mark Adams

    What about the Vibrant?? I know it’s not a new phone, but seriously, it sold very well, for a long time.

    • http://Website B

      The HTC Vibrant? Haven’t heard of that one…

      • Mark

        Samsung. Galaxy S? One of the best selling phones last year.

        • inviolable

          Sarcasm. This is obviously an HTC update, not specifically android, hence…never mind.

  • Richard Yarrell

    I must say this update is truly grand. My device is so much more crisp in performance and I love the fact that when I recieve a text message that persons updated facebook picture and pops up. I now recieve notifications from all my email accounts in the notifications bar which before the update it was only my main Gmail account. Still no gtalk available and I don’t know why?? Now in the about phone section there is an section that includes ”Tell htc” where if the box is checked you can report any problems you have with your device directly to htc which is such a good thing to have. The change to the camera appears to be much sharper and doesn’t lock up after every picture. The option to shut off shutter sound is gone for some reason. HTC watch has added so many more movies and appears to be coming along very nicely. The app draw is so much faster and themed out in dark black. The qik application is very quick and responsive the camcorder is excellent video quality. The overall update has just made this device much more super responsive and the browser is much faster no question. I got my update after 3am early Thursday morning and I am 100% loving everything about the update. I have over 90 applications on my Evo 3d with well over 660MB of space left on the internal memory and over 24gb on the sdcard. I am rolling with 23 top notch games on my Evo 3d it’s simply endless the entertainment I have on this device. The best seriously just got better. I can’t wait for Ice Cream Sandwich this will seriously open up this device where the dualcore goodness will be discovered. Plus with the root possibility down the road I can overclock this to 1.7 Ghz this is just crazy…

    • inviolable

      Sounds like you aren’t too impressed?

  • Richard Yarrell

    I also realized that the htc calender now counts down in hours and minutes whenever you have an upcoming event. This is so Kool…

  • E

    Hope the OG EVO gets sum love too fingers crossed but won’t count much on it

    • Nick Gray

      Didn’t the EVO 4G just get updated to Gingerbread a month or two ago? Android 2.3.4 doesn’t really add any new functionality. Sprint and HTC have released quite a few bug fix updates over the past year and I’d expect them to continue until at least the end of 2011.

      • E

        Nope wish dey did I’m on 2.3.3

        • Nick Gray

          Anything with 2.3 is considered Gingerbread

  • uknowme

    I don’t know if anyone mentioned it, but now you can do the official unlock. Just go to the HTCdev page.

  • Keeley

    Im purchasing the new star phone iPhone 5 anyways. But nice try.

  • Steve

    Update works great I feel I have no lag but I still have the death grip on landscape mode and screen shot works great lovin my sensation even more now just wish they’d fix the death grip

    • Nick Gray

      The death wrip is a hardware issue and most likely can not be fixed with a spftware update. Apple’s death grip solution (putting a case of the phone) should work on the Sensation as well.

      • Steve

        Ok so just any case would work I dont really like them but I saw a white case on ebay thats looks like the original back but in white and that looked nice or a rubber case would that work?

        • Nick Gray

          As long as the case keep your hand from touching the two plastic pieces on the back of the phone you should be fine. The death grip on the HTC Sensation typically occurs when you bridge the two plastic pieces on the back of the phone with your hand, causing withe Wi-FI and GSM radios to cut out.

          • Steve

            Nice thanks got a new update today and going to fix my WiFi issues made money and heading to the club man today was awesome!


    I just Got the update for my sensation. so far i noticed the reboot/widgets disappearing issue is fixed, screen looks a hell of a lot better,and the phone is super snappy(NO LAG!)

  • rocco76

    JUST GOT MY UPDATE!!!, so far working good! Los Angeles, CA

  • Dr. All Reeds

    Got the 2.3.4 update on Friday morning for the EVO 3D. Only complaint is the shutter sounds can’t be turned off or muted. Annoying click really ISN’T necessary when pictures are taken. ONLY a minor complaint. Phone seems to run faster and smoother, so that’s a blessing. Mail app with colors allow me to know which account the email came from, didn’t notice that before. Also can have all accounts available at once, a nice convenience.
    Hoping more fixes come down the pike soon.

  • quentizasj

    Just received the update on my sensation. I must say that I’ve had allot of phones but I love HTC. They just do what they say they are going to do, and that counts for allot. Everything worked great before but now it works even better!

  • Ichigo

    I just got the update 45 min ago in the DMV area, sense is a SMOOTH!!!! NO LAG whatsoever so far. You can tell by pinch to zoom in the home screens. Very responsive. So far so good!

  • Ariel

    Updated my 3d but for some reason it seems slower. Anyone else having issues?


  • Deeds

    Got the update on my sensation and there is no lag

  • ndokami

    not really sure if people noticed but you can also take screen shots with the new 2.3.4. update on the sensation. not sure bout the evo but i pretty sure you can since they are pretty much the same phone software wise. To take a screen shot it is very similar to the way you do it with the ipod / ipads

    hold the power button
    and quickly press the home button pretty neat =)

  • JD

    Hey all…I’ve spent the last 2 days looking for anything to get rid of the shutter sound, or at the least, enable us to turn it off WITHOUT having to root my phone and void the warranty. The ONLY fix that I found, was to download this Silent Snap app at this link:…/silentsnap-camera_gfij.html After I downloaded it, it took care of that annoying shutter sound, and even better, the app is FREE to download!!! I hope this helps!

    • JD

      Just letting you all know, that you don’t have to use the app every time to make the Shutter Silent…

      Just open the app once to turn the Shutter off…but please notice it also puts your phone on silent as well…But once you’ve opened the app, and exited out of it, you can now use your Volume Down Button to put your phone on Silent, and it will also turn the Camera Shutter off!

      I recommend not staying within the Silent Snap App, because after taking about 3 or 4 pictures, it brings up ads, so just be sure to use your regular camera when taking pics to resolve this issue.

  • SliestDragon

    Awesome. Hopefully developers get a hold of this. Seems like a pretty good update…

  • ooTweetyoo

    I love the update! Too bad I didn’t see this article earlier so I knew it was coming

  • Ennoozunu

    The Canadian Rogers HTC Evo 3D already has Android 2.3.4 atleast thats what mine says in about. Is this an update to 2.3.4 which is already on the phone?

  • Nat

    Facebook birthdays being one day off not fixed on HTC Sensation with this update. Sucky.

  • Tim

    Got my update yesterday around 3pm in Ann Arbor, MI. The screen responsiveness is quicker for sure. Battery life will have to see over time.

  • MicroWise

    I got the update yesterday on my Sensation. the installation went smooth, but the screen shows NOTHING after it automatically restarted. The phone seems to be on, since i can call it and it rings. i could answer too, but still, nothing, absolutely NOTHING showing on the screen!…WTH??